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Dyersville community reacts to news of canceled ‘Field of Dreams’ game

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DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KWWL)- For Dyersville, hosting an MLB game at the "Field of Dreams" film site was a dream come true.

The St. Louis Cardinals were supposed to take on the Chicago White Sox next Thursday in the newly built 8,000 seat stadium, located next to the field.

On Tuesday afternoon, the MLB announced it was pulling the plug on playing a game at the Field of Dreams this year. The MLB said it did everything possible to make the game happen.

"It is a big disappointment to the area," Darlene Frasher said.

Many in Dyersville were looking forward to welcoming the baseball clubs to their town.

"When they first announced it, it was like, wow really?," she said. "Think of all the people that would be in this area."

Frasher owns The Palace Saloon in Downtown Dyersville. She was hoping the "Field of Dreams" game would be a chance to get back on the right track.

"I was closed two and a half months with the COVID-19," she said. "I thought well the game is coming in August, and that certainly will help get back, but I lost that, and I mean all the businesses did."

Former Dyersville Mayor Alvin Haas said the entire Dyersville community was looking forward to welcoming professional baseball to Iowa next week.

"This ball game should have brought in a lot of people," he said. "There were a lot of events planned downtown. A movie was going to be shown, and the museum was going to be opened."

This year's game would not have had any fans in the stands, so it would likely not have given the city the tourism boost they would have hoped for.

But Haas and others are hopeful for next year. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league hopes to play a game at the "Field of Dreams" next August. The MLB said it expects the White Sox to be one of the teams.

Haas said it gives the community time to make next years game even better.

"Instead of rushing, we are going to have time to build a Pavillion and do some of the road work we wanted to do."

The film site in Dyersville is a popular tourist attraction. The movie was filmed on a baseball field in the middle of Iowa cornfields in 1989. 31 years later, it still resonates.

"I think it is the message that endures, it is the dream," Haas said.

While disappointed it did not work out this time around, Dyersville is looking forward to hopefully hosting Iowa's first MLB game next August.

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